Weekly Round-Up: Write Your Way Out

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Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.

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Who Tells Your Story?

Your fiction shouldn't read like someone else wrote it. Follow two simple tips to make your fiction original.

You may have been inspired by Broadway-hit Hamilton to "write like you need it to survive," but there's more to learn from the titular character than just increased prolificacy. Find out What Fiction Writers Can Learn From Hamilton’s Character Flaws.

Breaking In

There is a lot for new writers to consider, so start with these articles:

For some literal breaking in (or, at least, something a bit closer), make sure you know the differences between crime novels, mystery novels, and thriller novels.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Claire Easton of Painted Words. She is looking for author-illustrated picture books, as well as some middle-grade and young adult manuscripts.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "one" poem.

Challenge yourself by trying out a Welsh poetic form: the cywydd llosgyrnog. If that's not enough for you, here are 11 French poetic forms for you to try.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Open Books, a bookstore in Seattle that specializes in poetry.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters split up.

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Deborah Hall, 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winner

The winner of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discusses the inspiration behind her first-place poem, “The Loneliest Whale."

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Author Kerry Winfrey wrote her latest romance, Very Sincerely Yours, during the 2020 pandemic to comfort herself. Here, she's explaining why that tone is important for readers.

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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!

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Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

Author E.J. Levy discusses her journey with drafting and redrafting her historical fiction novel, The Cape Doctor, and why her first draft was her best draft.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 569

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an "In the Name of Blank" poem.

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover Reveal

The July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest features a collection of articles about writing for change plus an interview with Jasmine Guillory about her newest romance, While We Were Dating.